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of monroe, michigan, would be one of the most prominent. he's buried at west point, has a gravestone there. there is a forest named after him, a county, a high school, a city. there are many memorials of custer that keep his name alive c-span: when did you first get interested in him? >> guest: my first visit to the battlefield, i think, in 1990. it's simply a place, i think, that draws you in, because it's still very unspoiled in terms of the way that it was at the time that the battle took place. you get a sense of the a kind of desolation, this rugged terrain which the troopers had not been familiar with. it's simply a setting that has a certain amount of power. c-span: what does little bighorn stand for? >> guest: it's simply a very small river that runs through that area. and there are bighorn mountains there's a bighorn river, and this is a smaller river, tributary river. c-span: exactly what happened on that day in the afternoon? >> guest: ok. custer, very early in the morning of that day, believed that the indians who were gathered in that valley which he had not yet seen, but ther
work on the end of the cold war. i have a book i'm working on, with the university of michigan press, on the breakdown of detente in the '70s. it's the same time period as this book--much of this book. but now i think there'll be a reagan to--dimension to it where there wasn't one before. but to keep doing my research, teaching. it hasn't changed my goals at all. c-span: any--any interest in getting into a government situation at some point and being involved in foreign policy? >> guest: not necessarily, maybe on a--in doing some consulting, but not as a full-time job. there's just too much to do in the archives. c-span: our guest has been kiron skinner. she is a co-editor of "reagan in his own hand: the writings of ronald reagan that reveal his revolutionary vision for america." thank you very much for joining us. >> guest: thank you. >> with the month left in 2012, many publications are putting together their year-end list of notable books. booktv will feature several of these less focusing on nonfiction selections. these titles were included in "time" magazine's top 10 nonfiction
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